Word forms: flashpoints
1. variable noun A flashpoint is the moment at which a conflict, especially a political conflict, suddenly gets worse and becomes violent. ⇒ The immediate flashpoint was Wednesday's big rally in the city centre. ⇒ There are still plenty of potential flashpoints in relations between the two countries. 2. countable noun A flashpoint is a place which people think is dangerous because political trouble may start there and then spread to other towns or countries. ⇒ The more serious flashpoints are outside the capital. ⇒ It could become the next Balkan flashpoint.
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